Elgeyo Marakwet County is the first devolved unit in Kenya to establish a Data Desk.
The Data Desk and portal for county statistics will be used to collect, compile, analyze and disseminate the county’s data and in a bid to have the devolved unit be more responsive to the needs of its citizens.
Speaking during the launch, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos, reiterated his government’s commitment to Open Government principles.
“In Elgeyo Marakwet, we govern together with our citizens and their participation is paramount to our success. That is why our Data Desk is designed to publish data freely on the website, ”he said.
He pointed out that this is part of efforts by his administration to enhance transparency and accountability in its operations.
“With this data, all of us can now make informed decisions based on accurate data. This will also enable us make optimum use of county resources unlike in the past when we did not have real time data,” said Tolgos.
A representative of World Bank and a Senior Specialist, Philip Jaspersen, lauded the partnership between Open Institute and the County saying it was a trail blazer for other counties in Kenya to emulate.
“A framework like Data Desk allows both the County and the Citizens to win. It promotes the County’s capacity to accurately plan and allocate resources. Citizens get the services that are most relevant to their needs because it is from them that the data was collected,” Mr. Kags added.
The Data Desk framework has been developed by the Open Institute with support from the World Bank and will be managed by county staff, also known as data desk fellows.
Elgeyo Marakwet has gone through a robust process to establish the Data Desk sustainably.
Also present during the launch were the County Deputy Governor Wisley Rotich and Assembly Speaker Philemon Sabulei.